Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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#18 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [kadena]
Sep 02, 2013 (11:06 pm)
When Toyota announced the second-generation Entune system a few weeks ago, I had expected the new Entune would be available on the 2014 Avalon, and I had planned to immediately buy a 2014 Avalon Limited hybrid when it opened for ordering. But Avalon is not on the list of 2014 models the announcement said would ship with the new Entune system, so it looks like I will have to wait, with great disappointment, for another year. Though I wanted to replace my 2008 Avalon, the upgraded Entune will be so dramatically improved that I know I'll be unhappy if I don't wait.
#19 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [fly2papa]
Sep 04, 2013 (10:53 pm)
I don't know what the design engineers at Toyota were thinking when the they released the 2013 Avalon. I read that Toyota was focusing on a younger market, but I don't think it appeals to any particular market, except someone that wants to say they have an Avalon, instead of a Camry.
I also own a 2004 Avalon XLS, and simply do not like the way the 2013 looks. The exterior looks like one of those cheap Korean throwaways (Kia, Hyundai), and the interior looks cheesy as well.
I was hoping that 2014 will bring a fresh new look, as I haven't seen many 2013 Avalons on the streets in the Los Angeles area, and don't believe that they did that well. My vehicle has only 36K+ miles on it, so I'm going to keep it another year or two, and then look at something else -- maybe a gently used Lexus or pre-2013 Avalon. I do plan to stick with Toyota, just not the Avalon in its present form. What a shame because Toyota makes such a good product.
Sep 08, 2013 (4:05 pm)
I am 73 yrs old and would not be caught dead in the pre 2013 Avalon. If I ingnored the booring styling one drive at highway speeds over a few frost heaves would produce enough rocking and rolling to have me stopping for some Dramamine. Point? Diferent strokes for different folks. Give me a more tied down more secure handling car. I do not mind feeling the car is firmly connected to the road and handles responsibly. Just don't get one with Bridgestones inflated to 49lbs. Most folks will learn to love the handling/ride trad off given a little time to adjust and the sales prove it.
#21 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [poorthingflint]
Sep 09, 2013 (3:03 am)
I am 74 years old and feel the exact opposite of this reader. I have owned 2002,2006,2011 Avalons and think the new ones (2013) are the worst models .
The drive like a truck feeling is not for me. I sure love my 2011 a lot.
I can't imagine Avalon owners liking the newer ones at all.
Won't be buying anymore Avalons unless they get some new designers and go back to the quiet and smooth ride of the past.
#22 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [poorthingflint]
Sep 09, 2013 (3:26 am)
I don't know what you are doing to be "rock and rolling." If I start rocking and rolling while driving, it'll probably be time to stop driving.
I have owned two 2004 Avalons. The ride with the stock stires is good, and the ride with racing tires and custom rims is fantastic.
It's nice to know that someone thinks the 2013 is a nice ride, because I sure won't be finding out. I drive cars that have style!
#23 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [algee]
Sep 11, 2013 (3:22 am)
Also have owned three Avalons, one of each generation. The new 2013 is designed for a changing market and a different buyer, my opinion. The current model is not in my future as it is just too different in too many ways. In time a hybrid car might be in my garage as Toyota seems to have a good thing going on fuel savings, never thought I would say that but the comments here are positive on the hybrid technology. But again, No Sale on the 2013 Avalon as it exists today.
#24 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [fin]
Sep 11, 2013 (6:04 am)
I had a 98 and a 05 Avalon, both of which I loved. I was in the market last year but passed on the 2013 Avalon mainly because of that grill. Couldn't get passed it. I'm wondering why you do not like the 2013?
#25 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [jeffm5]
Sep 12, 2013 (6:19 am)
First, the little things... the grille is too large (but if the car is black it looks ok) for one. The windshield angle is too low for good visibility (a common problem today). The seats are not as good as the 2007 Limited I had and the ride is too stiff compared to the 2007. And I drove the sales manager's demo so the tire pressure was set correctly.
Then: I actually like the body style... but when you price a Limited you can buy a Lexus for 1.8k more here in Atlanta. Spend the 1.8k, get the L up front and a better warranty. On top of that the interior is about the same size as a new Honda Accord, a car costing 8k less with similar stuff such as Nav and a V6!
All in all, the 2013 Avalon just does not work for me. After 15 years in three different Avalons it ended when the 300C went on sale this past summer. Big car with plenty of room inside and in the trunk. Will it last like a Toyota? Maybe. But if not I would go to the 4dr Accord V6 (having also owned 6 of them since 1995) as they are a quality car with excellent reliability.
Hope this answers your question......
#26 of 71 Re: 2014 Avalon [jeffm5]
Sep 12, 2013 (7:31 am)
As I mentioned earlier, even if I like the new Avalon after a test drive, I won't buy one until it includes the next-generation Entune system. That's how important it is to me. Since it apparently won't be included in the 2014 upon release, the question will be whether it will be added at some point during the production year or whether I'll have to wait until the 2015s. I suspect the latter.
Sep 12, 2013 (2:01 pm)
I find it interesting you consider a Chrysler 300 a big roomy car. When Car and Driver did a recently combo review including the Avalon and the Chrysler it summed up the Chrysler like this. "Stiff structure,racer brakes (it was the "S" version) ,still looks bad da bling. Lumpy seats,coal-mine interior,CRAMPED BACK SEAT etc. Motor Trend concurred by observing "REAR SEAT ROOM IS LACKLUSTER especialy given the 300's huge overall size. The Avalon got big thumbs up from both mags for lots of room in the all areas especially the rear seat and won the Car and drive comparison test thanks to Michlins tires instead of the awful "Stones" that the Motor Trend" Avalon was cursed with. Based on their comments about how awful the ride was I would bet a steak dinner were over inflated as well.